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Driver faces federal charges in Tennessee trooper shooting

October 25th, 2011 12:12 pm by Staff Report

JACKSON (AP) — A woman who drove a car that figured into the shooting and wounding of a Tennessee state trooper has pleaded not guilty to three federal weapons charges.

A man who was in the car was shot and killed by Trooper Dwayne Stanford after the suspect fired on Stanford, striking his protective vest.

In U.S. District Court at Jackson on Monday, 47-year-old Christl Hicks Pepper waived formal reading of the charges and pleaded not guilty. No trial date was set, according to The Jackson Sun (

Police said Pepper was driving a car the trooper stopped on Interstate 40 in Henderson County on Sept. 28. A passenger, 50-year-old Robert Cunningham Jr., shot Stanford, who returned fire, killing Cunningham.

Pepper and Cunningham are from Cadiz, Ky.


Information from: The Jackson Sun,

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